Nearly 40 years ago, Tom Key and Russell Treyz envisioned a stage retelling of the New Testament’s core, based on the book “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan. It sets the story in North Georgia, where Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and local thugs are aiming for Jesus.
The mostly country score is buoyed with some of the last compositional work by late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin.
Mobile Theatre Guild will stage “Cotton Patch Gospels” at the end of January and will hold auditions Nov. 27 and 28, 7 p.m., at their midtown theater (14 N. Lafayette St.).
For more information, call 251-433-7513, go to mobiletheatreguild.org or visit their Facebook page.
MOJO salutes Chick Corea
Keyboardist and composer Chick Corea is one of jazz’s true heavyweights left in the game. Alongside Miles Davis in the late 1960s, he was elemental in the birth of jazz fusion, then furthered its reach with his own group, Return to Forever, in the 1970s. His works “Spain,” “500 Miles High,” “La Fiesta” and “Windows” have become standards.
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) will salute Corea Nov 26, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). Musical interpretations of Corea’s music will be provided by keyboardist Jack Zoesch, saxophonist Chuck Schwartz, trumpeter Larry Carter, bassist Sean Peterson and drummer Fred Domulot.
The organization will also accept donations of nonperishable food and new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members. Fee includes a light jambalaya dinner. Cash bar is available.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
Cirque Dreams at Civic Center
Broadway director Neil Goldberg founded Cirque Dreams by assembling a unique cast of cirque-style artists, singers, dancers and theatrical talent. Their “Holidaze” show features more than 300 costumes, some of the world’s finest voices, original music and a magical selection of seasonal characters blending musical with acrobatic illusion. The Boston Globe defined it as “Las Vegas meets family entertainment meets musical theatre.”
The traveling company will stage a pair of shows at the Mobile Civic Center (401 Civic Center Drive) on Friday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $23 to $97 and may be purchased at the Mobile Civic Center box office or the Saenger Theatre box office (6 S. Joachim St.). They are also available online through Ticketmaster or at 800-745-3000.
For more information, visit cirqueproductions.com.